Parents will soon return to the routine of packing lunches for their students and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering some helpful tips to keep your kids safe.
Experts say children are still developing their immune systems and it's important to protect them from food-borne illness. With most students not being able to store school lunches in refrigerators, Sarah Litchman, with the USDA says it's important for parents to use safe packing practices.
"It's important to pack lunches with at least two cold sources. One of those could be a commercially available freezer pack, another could be a frozen juice box that your froze from the night before," said Litchman.
The USDA also suggests ditching the paper bags and opting for an insulted lunch bag.